West Des Moines, Iowa Population 2022

71,781
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West Des Moines is a city located in Polk County Iowa. West Des Moines has a 2020 population of 71,781. West Des Moines is currently growing at a rate of 1.84% annually and its population has increased by 26.23% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 56,864 in 2010.

The average household income in West Des Moines is $103,983 with a poverty rate of 5.94%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,017 per month, and the median house value is $218,500. The median age in West Des Moines is 36.7 years, 36.2 years for males, and 37 years for females.

West Des Moines Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of West Des Moineswas:

  • White: 84.68%
  • Asian: 7.58%
  • Black or African American: 4.12%
  • Two or more races: 2.47%
  • Other race: 0.96%
  • Native American: 0.13%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.05%
The current population of West Des Moines, Iowa is 71,781 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 71,781.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 56,864.

West Des Moines, Iowa Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021716,0468,3771.17%
2020707,6698,3771.18%
2019699,2928,3771.20%
2018690,9159,5021.38%
2017681,41310,3581.52%
2016671,05511,5331.72%
2015659,5229,8701.50%
2014649,65211,8061.82%
2013637,84611,0681.74%
2012626,7788,4791.35%
2011618,2999,3691.52%
2010608,9300.00%

West Des Moines Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White55,55584.68%
Asian4,9747.58%
Black or African American2,7064.12%
Two or More Races1,6232.47%
Some Other Race6270.96%
American Indian and Alaska Native870.13%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander340.05%
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West Des Moines Population by Race

West Des Moines Population Pyramid $2022

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West Des Moines Median Age

36.7


Total

36.2


Male

37


Female

West Des Moines Adults

There are 50,633 adults, (9,019 of whom are seniors) in West Des Moines.

West Des Moines Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

21.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36

Child Dependency Ratio

West Des Moines Sex Ratio

Female

33,362

50.85%

Male

32,244

49.15%

West Des Moines Population by Age

West Des Moines Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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West Des Moines Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Non Family45.2%54.8%
Female46.2%53.8%
Male54.1%45.9%
All61.1%38.9%
Married78.1%21.9%

61.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

West Des Moines Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All28,8362.2661.1
Married13,6083.0378.1
Non Family11,8191.2345.2
Female2,6002.8346.2
Male8092.6254.1

2.91

Average Family Size

2.26

Average Household Size

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West Des Moines Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade9151.98%
9th to 12th Grade1,1572.51%
High School Graduate6,51214.13%
Some College7,60216.49%
Associates Degree4,3579.45%
Bachelors Degree16,94036.75%
Graduate Degree8,61618.69%
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West Des Moines Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

West Des Moines Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White38,00337,12121,220
Asian3,5553,2312,510
Hispanic2,1601,458441
Black1,7111,605884
2+ Races664593457
Other Race34419262
Islander343434
Native American222222

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 100.00%.

West Des Moines Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$52,952$61,125$43,553
Less Than 9th Grade$27,766$31,162$18,245
High School Graduate$31,899$38,774$22,991
Some College$40,778$47,122$34,131
Bachelors Degree$61,790$69,899$53,901
Graduate Degree$80,576$96,059$64,446

$52,952

Average Earnings

$61,125

Average Male

$43,553

Average Female

West Des Moines Earnings by Educational Attainment

West Des Moines Language by Age

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West Des Moines Language

84.29% of West Des Moines residents speak only English, while 15.71% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 4.82% of the population.

West Des Moines Language

West Des Moines Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White52,0062,6205.04%
Hispanic3,91466316.94%
Black2,68837814.06%
Asian4,9741372.75%
Multiple1,607714.42%
Other45NaN%
Native8789.20%

5.94%

Overall Poverty Rate

5.76%

Male Poverty Rate

6.12%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in West Des Moines

The race most likely to be in poverty in West Des Moines is Hispanic, with 16.94% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in West Des Moines is Multiple, with 4.42% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 0.91%. Among those working part-time, it was 10.54%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 11.49%.

West Des Moines Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade20.87%
High School9.43%
Some College4.23%
Bachelors or Greater2.51%

West Des Moines Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed25.91%
Male Unemployed12.44%
Female Employed3.89%
Male Employed2.33%

West Des Moines Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

West Des Moines Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$76,368$103,983
Families$102,420$130,177
Married Families$118,447-
Non Families$52,155$63,641
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Income by Household Type

West Des Moines Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

53.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

56.6%

Male Marriage Rate

50.1%

Female Marriage Rate

West Des Moines Married by Age and Sex

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West Des Moines Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

West Des Moines Marital Status by Race

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West Des Moines Marital Status

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3,092

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam943
Second Gulf War641
First Gulf War606
Korea298
World War II258

West Des Moines Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+811
65 to 74696
55 to 64681
35 to 54596
18 to 34308

West Des Moines Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White2,9396.72%
Hispanic1004.04%
Asian411.09%
2+ Races395.50%
Islander34100.00%
Black241.28%
Native American1531.91%

West Des Moines Veterans by Race

West Des Moines Veterans by Education

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3.01%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.91%

Veteran Disability Rate

West Des Moines Veterans by Education

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73.6%

Labor Force Participation

71.8%

Employment Rate

2.3%

Unemployment Rate

West Des Moines Employment by Age

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West Des Moines Employment by Race

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West Des Moines Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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61.45%

Born in West Des Moines

87.63%

Native Born

12.37%

Foreign Born

6.46%

Non Citizen

5.91%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

87.63% of West Des Moines residents were born in the United States, with 61.45% having been born in Iowa. 6.46% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

West Des Moines Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202271,7811,2941.84%
202170,4871,2941.87%
202069,1931,2941.91%
201967,8991,2941.94%
201866,6051,0491.60%
201765,5569611.49%
201664,5951,1061.74%
201563,4891,6622.69%
201461,8272,0943.51%
201359,7331,5792.72%
201258,1545921.03%
201157,5626981.23%
201056,86410,4612.05%
200046,40314,7013.88%
199031,7029,8083.77%
198021,8945,4532.91%
197016,4414,4923.24%
196011,9496,3347.84%
19505,6151,3632.82%
19404,2520.00%

West Des Moines Population by Year